New York Life Insurance Co. employees and agents are giving back to their communities. The month of May was the company’s first Global Month of Service, and had more than 3,500 employees and agents volunteer for more than 200 community projects in eight countries to champion the Supporting Youth Worldwide theme. Volunteers gave over 50,000 hours of voluntary service, according to the insurer.

“Global Month of Service builds on both New York Life’s commitment to families, communities and businesses, as well as our active, dedicated volunteer efforts year-round,” says Ted Mathas, chairman, president and CEO of New York Life. “I am enormously proud of the response of New York Life volunteers who demonstrated what a real difference we can make in our communities and made our first Global Month of Service a success. These are challenging times for many people around the world, and together New York Life employees, agents and their families provided valuable services and assistance to youth in the communities in which we live and work.”

Highlights of New York Life’s 2009 Global Month of Service include:

United States

In multiple locations, New York Life volunteers participated in a variety of projects and activities.

In New York, volunteers partnered with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, City Year New York, Children for Children, Bereavement Center of Westchester, Junior Achievement and New York Cares. Volunteers provided books for students, beautified schools, held financial literacy workshops, led educational field trips, organized and staffed community service fairs for students and the local community, and hosted a camp supply drive for Comfort Zone Camp, a bereavement camp for children.

In New Jersey, volunteers worked with Special Olympics of Hunterdon County to organize and staff the annual track and field event; created gifts for pediatric patients at Hackensack Medical Center; hosted a book drive for students at Link Community School; and beautified the Easton Area Community Center.  

In Florida, volunteers partnered with America’s Second Harvest; beautified Upper Tampa Bay Park; assisted with a Special Olympic fundraiser; participated in a Give Kids the World event; and hosted a scrapbooking event for Alpha House, an organization that serves pregnant women in crisis and their families.

In Texas, volunteers created and delivered craft kits to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Cook Medical Center at Fort Worth; hosted activity parties for the pediatric patients and their families at Children’s Hospital of Texas; and hosted an infant supply drive and beautified a local facility for LifeWorks.

In Minneapolis, volunteers created and delivered blankets for Bundles of Love, an all-volunteer organization that provides clothing, bedding, and necessities for infants in need; and collected and packed food for Feed My Starving Children and Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People.

In Ohio, volunteers hosted a child-healthy food drive for Ohio Children’s Hunger Alliance and volunteered for “I Care Beautification Day.”

In Washington, D.C., volunteers hosted a dinner for the children and their families who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Washington D.C.

Asia and Latin America

New York Life International volunteers hosted fundraisers to support local, child-related initiatives, beautified local schools, hosted child-focused activity days, organized child-health fairs, participated in literacy projects, planted vegetable gardens, and made quilts for critically ill children. New York Life International Asian Operations in China, Thailand, India, Taiwan, Korea, and Hong Kong participated in the first annual Global Month of Service. Seguros Monterrey New York ife employees and agents will be hosting their Global Month of Service projects in October.  

“Our International agents and employees truly embraced New York Life’s first Global Month of Service and turned out in large numbers to contribute their time and energy to the communities we serve,” says Dick Mucci, chairman and CEO, New York Life International. “I’m proud of the impact we’ve made on the lives of young people and this important work continues all year long through our community social responsibility programs in all of our markets.”

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